Meet the 2022 KRPA Board of Directors Candidates

07 Nov 2022 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Voting has begun for the KRPA Board of Directors. Emails were sent out to KRPA members on November 7th. Take the time to make your voice heard for your association.

The voting is open for three (3) KRPA Board of Directors positions: President, Member-At-Large, and Central Regional Representative. Learn more about each candidate below. The deadline to vote is November 18, 2022 at noon.


Name: Candi Fox, CPRP, AFO
Agency and Position: Assistant Superintendent at Winfield Recreation Commission

Education: Accounting (Bachelor's Degree) from Emporia State University

Years as KRPA Member: 16 years
KRPA Board/Committee Positions: Member At Large (Central)- 6 years, Recreation Branch Chair- 3 years, and Conference Planning Committee Member- 5 years

Why do you want to run for this office:
I would like to give back to the profession that has rewarded me for a lifetime.



Name: Shane DeWald, CPRP
Agency and Position: Executive Director of Blue Valley Recreation Commission

Education: Sports and Recreation Management (Bachelor's Degree) from Fort Hays State University
Sports Administration (Master's Degree) from Wichita State University

Years as KRPA Member: 5 years
KRPA Board/Committee Positions: Professional Development Committee- 2 years, Awards Committee- 2 years, and Conference Planning Committee- 1 year

Why do you want to run for this office:
I am very happy to be back in Kansas and really like where KRPA is heading as an association. We have tremendous resources across the state via members, staff, and facilities, and I want to be involved as much as I can. Topics like Sportsmanship and Workforce Development (Recruiting & Retention) are a couple of challenges that I want to help with. Thanks for all you do as P&R professionals! It has been a crazy couple of years, but we will be better and stronger moving forward because of it!



Name: Amy Conkling, CPRP
Agency and Position: Assistant Executive Director at Hutchinson Recreation Commission

Education: Journalism and Mass Communications (Bachelor's Degree) from Kansas State University

Years as KRPA Member: 15 years
KRPA Board/Committee Positions: Administration Branch Chair (Current)- 1 year, Administration Branch Vice Chair- 2 years, and Marketing Branch/Committee Member- 8 years

Why do you want to run for this office:
I'm running for the KRPA Board to serve as a voice for the Central Region, as well as to continue the growth of the professional efforts of our members across the state. The Central Region specifically can be a huge asset to the in-person training piece of growing our professional development. Thanks to our central location in the state, our region can serve as host to various in-person workshops and hands-on training events for our branches.

In addition, pursuing partnerships with other state parks and recreation agencies, as well as working with professional organizations such as NRPA or Athletic Business (to name a few), is well worth our time and efforts in growing the professionalism of our industry.



Name: Jason Steadman, CPRP
Agency and Position: Superintendent of Rose Hill Recreation Commission

Education: Recreation Administration (Bachelor's Degree) from Emporia State University

Years as KRPA Member: 19 years
KRPA Board/Committee Positions: Conference Planning Committee- 2 years

Why do you want to run for this office:
I have gained, both personally and professionally, so much from KRPA. I feel like now it is time for me to begin the process of giving back to the agency.

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